Paul Parker makes critical claim about Jose Mourinho and new Man United signings
Paul Parker is critical of Manchester United's transfer policy in recent seasons
Paul Parker has criticised Manchester United’s big-name transfer policy in recent seasons.
The Red Devils have signed four players in the current transfer window after Jose Mourinho was named as Louis van Gaal’s successor at the start of the summer.
The new United manager started his summer spending spree with the £30m acquisition of Eric Bailly from Villarreal before Zlatan Ibrahimovic swapped Paris Saint-Germain for Old Trafford.
Mourinho added Henrikh Mkhitaryan to his squad in a £30m deal from Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund before United signed Paul Pogba in a world-record £92m transfer from Serie A giants Juventus.
However, Parker bemoaned United’s inability to sign unknown quantities in the transfer market and polish them into good Premier League players, pointing to the success of Ronald Koeman and Mauricio Pochettino.
“It’s not about signing big players,” said Parker, speaking exclusively to 888sport.
“It’s about finding them like Pochettino does and Koeman does. Look at all those players they have signed who aren’t big players but can do a job. Look at Dier at Tottenham or Wanyama when he went to Southampton. You don’t have to spend a load of money.
“Chelsea have spent thirty million on Kante. A year ago he was playing in the French second division. It’s finding someone who is hungry and willing to do those jobs. That’s what Manchester United are missing out on every time.”
United finished in fifth place in the Premier League last season under Van Gaal.
However, the Red Devils did win the FA Cup thanks to an extra-time victory over Alan Pardew.
Read the full 888sport interview with Paul Parker, including his thoughts on how Paul Pogba may not live up to the price-tag